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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




 
The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


Breast Feeding Weaponry

Monday, February 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Breast Feeding Weaponry

Under the Guise of Breastfeeding I have stooped to the lowest of the low. As part of my self-appointed responsibility to support preferential treatment for all mothers, I admit it. I have used breastfeeding for more than just feeding my children. I have embraced the recently coined phrase "using therapeutic lies" to justify my manipulation of a beautiful act between mother and child. I heroically perpetuated this art for all the moms out there that feel guilty, guilty that they ..

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To The Grocery Checker

Monday, February 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To The Grocery Checker

The checker at Food Lion judged first with her expression and then with harmful words I never get used to. “Is he spoiled?” she asked, not once but three times, as I couldn’t hear her over the hysterical crying of my son, Amos, strapped in the baby seat of the cart, slightly damp from the late afternoon rain. He had reportedly not napped at our nanny share arrangement, and it was late afternoon on a cold rainy Friday, and darn it, he (like me) did not want to go to the grocery  ..

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Mastering The Trash Can

Monday, February 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Mastering The Trash Can

Yes, while the rest of you mothers are on top of your game, I am drowning in trash. Food and plastic refuse litter my once clean house, a domain where I long ago was queen. My subjects have overtaken me and unlike Snow White, I am too old, tired and/or lazy to clean up after my wards. I have grown use to the empty wrappers in our pantry snack bins as even I recognize the necessity to hide a fruit roll up binge. Candy wrappers under the bed are as commonplace as missing socks and Leg ..

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An Unlikely Friendship

Sunday, January 31, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
An Unlikely Friendship

I saw him from my vista at the top of the escalator. Clutching Blair's hand and balancing a stroller minus Amos who was wriggling in my arms. As we approached the baggage claim area, I noticed several men with carts and the first approached me and I kindly said no thank you. After all, I had the three bigger kids who liked to help haul luggage off the moving carousel. We were in no hurry as Thomas had gone to get the car, and Raleigh is not the type of place one has to micromanage b ..

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These Socks

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
These Socks

Over thirty years old and a faithful winter companion to me the last ten years or so. Wool, far before Smart Wool or other faddish brands appeared, gray, a bit tight around the middle of my foot and thick up to the middle of my shin. Ever so thin on the bottom that I felt a need to protect them, these ragged socks. Preservation? Why would I want to, you wonder? Of course, they are part of the story, grasping on to my most important, tragic and heartbreaking paper clip. Adam. Th ..

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To Tease Or Not To Tease

Friday, January 15, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To Tease Or Not To Tease

The poor nurse. Mother of 7 children. The target of a practical joke by one of her sons and I think we all felt a jolt of sadness for her and revenge for that ill thinking child, a son nonetheless. I had seen the headlines in my newsfeed throughout the day yesterday and heard David Muir congratulate this hard working single mother of an over abundance of children with this well-deserved windfall. Nope, all a sham. Now just for a minute let us give the son the benefit of the dou ..

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Top Ten Secrets For Flying With Small Children

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top Ten Secrets For Flying With Small Children

I learned early on in my parenting career that flying with children requires special guts and so, I begrudgingly share my best secrets for parents everywhere. 1. First thing's first. You must never ever act like you know how to break down a stroller. The bigger the stroller the better, as easier to convince the security person that you require a "self-check."This is a non advertised service by the TSA. Yep, no juggling babies as you desperately fold up a stroller. Instead, the stern ..

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Dead Battery

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dead Battery

And just like that, the battery is dead. The car battery that is. You know it has been a rough couple of days when it has culminated in this fatality. Fortunately, it occurred in our driveway. Yesterday in Cary would have been much worse when I previously had deposited Amos in the car so I could have some semblance of a late lunch with a Salem friend I had not seen in over 15 years. Never had I been so prepared and, having scavenged my hoarder mobile, was more prepared than a f ..

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The Struggle Of Motherhood

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Struggle Of Motherhood

For those of you who think you are alone in the struggle of motherhood, you are not. It is not even 10am and so far I have been not only awake for five hours but fairly busy other than the three times I tried to convince Amos to sit with me to watch Dowton Abbey and drink coffee. Me not him, but it proved fruitless at 5:07, 7:42 and most recently at 9:12. I have made 8 meals, fielded questions about the lack of food in the pantry, pretended the grocery store was closed and mixed water wi ..

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Just A Tuesday

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Just A Tuesday

For those of you who think you are alone in the struggle of motherhood, you are not. It is not even 10am and so far I have been not only awake for five hours but fairly busy other than the three times I tried to convince Amos to sit with me to watch Dowton Abbey and drink coffee. Me not him, but it proved fruitless at 5:07, 7:42 and most recently at 9:12. I have made 8 meals, fielded questions about the lack of food in the pantry, pretended the grocery store was closed and mixe ..

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